Bold Enough to Share Our Home (Part 1)

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And the scribes of the Pharisees, when they saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, said to his disciples, “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” Mark 2:16

By our standards, Jesus made some surprising choices when selecting His disciples. Would you have invited the same types of individuals into your inner circle, into your home? Would you have been bold enough to risk the disapproval of others?

When Jesus met Matthew, He looked beyond what others saw. Others saw a Jewish traitor, a man who worked for the enemy, the Romans, and who extorted money from his own countrymen just to pad his own pockets. Matthew was despised by many, but loved by Jesus; not because of what he did, but because of who he was, a man for whom Jesus would give His life.

Years ago, it was popular in some Christian circles to host what were known as “Matthew Parties.” This was a form of evangelism that encouraged Christians to invite unchurched friends to join them in their homes. As the relationships would grow, the hope was that Christ could be shared and that the Holy Spirit would work faith in the heart of the new friends.

While we may not use the phrase “Matthew Parties” anymore, are you bold enough to share your home with fellow church members or even those who are still a long way from God? There is a certain risk that comes with opening ourselves up this way. Matthew took a risk by introducing Jesus to His friends, but Jesus took an even greater risk. But for both, it was absolutely worth it.

God has called us into relationship with His Son at great cost to Himself. May we be so bold in sharing our lives, our homes, and our Lord, with those who He has put into our lives.

Lord Jesus, You came into this world to save sinners like us. There is no one beyond the reach of Your love. As Your dearly loved children, embolden us to share Your love with others that they too may know the peace and joy that comes only from You. Amen.


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